Mamelodi Sundowns are expected to report back for the club’s first ever pre-season in five years this coming Tuesday.
But not all of their galaxy of stars will be in attendance due to their Africa Cup of Nations commitments, with as many as five players representing Bafana Bafana at the tournament and their opener against Ivory Coast scheduled for Monday at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
Denis Onyango is the only Downs player who will be at the AFCON and is not a member of the South African national team. The 34-year-old is Uganda’s first choice goalkeeper and their campaign gets underway tomorrow against DR Congo in Group A at the Cairo International Stadium.
The other five players are Downs captain Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lebo Maboe. Bafana are in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.